February 24, 2021 – Breezy north to east winds through Thursday morning. Mild and dry weather expected Thursday into Friday. Breezy north to east winds return Saturday into Sunday morning. Light mountain snow showers possible this weekend.
A low pressure area moving into the Great Basin today will be advecting in colder air which will result in increased winds over the region today. Winds will be increasing throughout the morning peaking this afternoon in the valley then gradually decrease this evening. As the valley winds decrease this evening easterly winds over mountains will be increasing. Gusts 30 to 40 mph with local stronger gusts to 45 mph over the west side of the valley today.
As the low moves away from the region on Thursday winds will be lighter northerly in the valley and the winds in the mountains will be reduced reverse direction during the day. Dry northerly flow will persist the remainder of the week for the valley.
On Saturday another low pressure area moves into the Great Basin that will result in breezy to windy conditions over the interior once again. A few mountain snow showers may occur near the crest during the day but nothing of significance.
Extended discussion (Sunday through Wednesday)
A ridge of high pressure will build over the region for Sunday and Monday keeping the area dry. The NBM is trying to put some pops into the gridded forecast but those are likely climo pops and it may take another cycle or two before they are removed from the model.
Dry with near normal to a little above normal temperatures through the extended period.